With the rapid growth in popularity of acid-stained and decorative concrete flooring over the last decade, there has been a corresponding increase in the number of new contractors and product manufacturers. Unfortunately, not all new contractors obtain the proper education and training before beginning installations, and not all manufacturers have their formulas or instructions fine-tuned before marketing their concrete stains and sealers. As a result, a great deal of substandard work is being done in homes and businesses across the United States - not only in terms of appearance, but durability, leaving project owners wondering where to turn to fix a floor that did not turn out the way they wanted or has begun to peel, scratch, delaminate or fade.
Making matters worse, bad news about these installations spreads quickly, especially when the projects are in commercial or public locations. This causes a great deal of uncertainty, trepidation, confusion, and consternation on the part of architects, builders and project owners looking to use acid-stained concrete flooring. There is a lot of advice and information about installing or fixing acid stained concrete on the Internet, particularly YouTube videos, but there is hardly ever a common thread to these instructions. Opinions, ideas, and recommendations vary widely. This is partly because of the rapid growth of the industry but also because state governments do not regulate concrete staining, or other types of decorative concrete flooring, and there are no trade or industry associations with official standards for acid-stained concrete floors.
This is where decorative concrete consulting comes in. Just as the construction industry has responded to meet the popular demand for acid-stained concrete flooring, it is also now responding to the demand for fixes and repairs of faulty installations, and the interest in specifications and guidance for new projects. New firms offering decorative concrete project consulting can now be found in major metropolitan areas across the country. In many cases, these firms are successful concrete staining contractors, making a transition into consulting. This is the case with us. We make an effort to provide a lot of good information about decorative concrete flooring on our main web site, Concrete Veneers, and we are one of the few contractors anywhere, certified in Decorative Concrete (by the Michigan Concrete Association).
Premier Veneers offers specific insight, guidance and advice tailored to fit the needs of individual acid-stained and decorative concrete flooring projects throughout the United States and Canada. In many cases, we provide this assistance by email, though the electronic exchange of photos, blueprints, and construction documents. When necessary, we also travel onsite to assist with installations, or participate in pre-construction and interior design meetings.
Here are the Consulting Services we provide:
Decorative concrete mix specifications
Decorative concrete pour & finish recommendations
Certified concrete moisture and pH testing
Concrete surface evaluation
Decorative concrete pattern/design selection and layout
Acid-stain and Decorative Concrete color samples
Product and Brand recommendations
Equipment and tool recommendations, instructions and advice
Best decorative options and methods for a particular project
Decorative concrete on-site training and assistance
Decorative concrete defect analysis and troubleshooting
Touchup and repair
Effective dispute resolution
Decorative concrete care & maintenance
Project remediation, restoration, and re-installation
Defect analysis/resolution, and expert testimony, in Court
If you would like help or advice with your decorative concrete flooring project, please fill out the Decorative Concrete Project Submission Form on our Contact Page, and we would be glad to assist you.